Trends, insights and research to inform growth and innovation strategies in international higher education.

January 21, 2012

Increasing number of international students are self-financed

Primary source of funding for international students is increasingly shifting towards personal and home university/government resources. Majority of international students in general fund most of their education through personal resources. Sixty-three per cent of international students in the US reported "Personal and Family Funds" as the primary source of funding in 2010/11 (IIE Open Doors).

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January 14, 2012

Transnational Education: Deep Engagement of Australian and British Universities

Australian and British higher education system is more global than American. This is evident from larger proportion of international students in the higher education system (Australia=21%, UK=15% and US=3% - OECD). At another level, Australian and British universities are more "transnational" in their offerings.

Transnational education (TNE) is simply defined as education provision from one country to another through a variety of delivery modes including distance and online, validation and franchising, twinning and collaborative arrangements. More formally, UNESCO/Council of Europe defines TNE as "all types of higher education study programmes, or sets of courses of study, or educational services (including those of distance education) in which the learners are located in a country different from the one where the awarding institution is based".

Nearly half of all international education activity for the UK and 31% for Australia is through TNE or "offshore" provision. In terms of absolute numbers, more than 400,000 students were enrolled in the UK institutions through TNE mode and more than 100,000 students were enrolled in Australian institutions. This is a significant scope of activity not only in terms of absolute numbers but also as a proportion of international activity.

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January 08, 2012

India Higher Education Trend 2012: Consolidation gains Momentum

The story of Indian higher education is like a F-1 racing track without any enforcement of driver safety or driving rules. For last few years, Indian higher education has grown at a break-neck speed. For example, Indian higher education has grown by 20% in one year and added more than 5,000 colleges to the system. Likewise, gross enrollment ratio (GER) grew from 12.5% in 2007-08 to 17.3% in 2009-10. Clearly, access to higher education is very important for a developing country like India and it is encouraging to see the growth.

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January 02, 2012

5 top blog posts on international student recruitment trends

Recruiting foreign students is emerging as a competitive and financial compulsion for many institutions across the world. On the one hand, Australian universities are cutting jobs as foreign student enrollment dips. For example, The University of Sydney, has announced that it will cut staffing costs by 7.5% and Victoria University plans to cut 30 positions. In contrast, some American public universities are going aggressive to recruitment international students and seek an additional line of revenue. For example, Kansas State University has started an India recruitment office and Colorado universities are exploring to engage with third-party recruiters.

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